By Brittany R. Harris, RDH, BSDH, MSDH, Emily A. Ludwig, RDH, BSDH, MSDH and Susan Lynn Tolle, BSDH, MS
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, immune-mediated, systemic inflammatory skin disease that primarily affects the skin and joints. While the exact etiology of this multisystem disease is unknown, it is likely a combination of genetic, environmental, and immunologic factors. Psoriasis is also associated with a variety of systemic comorbidities, oral manifestations, and an overall greater risk of mortality. Due to the systemic inflammatory nature of psoriasis, a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach is necessary to effectively manage patient outcomes. Dental hygienists who are well versed in psoriasis will be more effective in making treatment decisions and in optimizing oral care for patients with psoriasis.
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